Palaisglide


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Reviving a failed compost heap

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 13:19

Working for ICI you saw chemical experiments. All the mens toilets suddenly sprouted lidded buckets with a funnel, we were asked to sluice our man juice into the bucket a task some found imposible do not ask why. I did ask the Labs why only men the reply was women's hormones caused problems where as Uria was easily produced from the mens urine. It is the uria content that fires up the compost, you could just add granular fertiliser at a handful every few inches of layerd material. I did have plenty of well rotted manure from my Son's farm all added to the compost which gave plenty of heat, it also went into hot boxes, another story.

my home made boxes are high so easier to fill a bottle in the garage door shut away from the window, do not wish to frighten the nieghbours do we.

Frank

Reviving a failed compost heap

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 14:43

You say you turn it often so it should be alive, put you hand in the centre and feel for heat if none then turn the lot out onto a plastic sheet and start again, it will be partly composted so start adding cardboard straw any thing that will bulk it out. I start with some brushwood in the bottom to let the air in  and build up make sure you have thin layers of grass cuttings well spread. as you build up add some man juice, you can fill a plastic milk jug in the garage with the door closed when you feel the need to go and then sprinkle it with some water on the heap as you fill, not wet not dry damp is what is needed. Lady juice does not work for some reason so it is do it yourself. It is winter and you need heat does it get any sun? my heaps are next to a brick wall they get sun which heats the wall then feeds the heat back, position is essential, a cold damp draughty corner no good, I get compost after six months in winter and three months in summer. Do you have air holes, is it covered, for mine the answer is yes Air, Heat, Some damping as you go, a good mixture of material, and regular turning will give you top class compost, it is a bit of an art, as with all gardening some effort must be put into it.

Frank

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 11:20

Awoke this morning to blinding light, strange the bedroom window faces West? Brilliant sun shining off white frost was the answer so gardening nill blood samples two.

Frank

Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:28

That should be BEER trap i have not seen many BEARS around Teesside.

Frank

Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:27

I bought a top line Robinson GH they are well sealed round base and door, once it is full i go in at night and pick off the houdini's of the critters, there are never many though leave them and they would take over. The odd bear trap guards early strawberries which are then attacked by the grandchildren, I sometimes get one but at least can feed off the main beds later.

Frank

To early to prune Buddlias and Roses ?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 14:03

Verdun, in your area last week you needed submarines, up here more like skidoos, I would not swap. Lyn how high up is that?

Frank

To early to prune Buddlias and Roses ?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:53

John, I live in Stockton and never prune roses before the end of March, been caught out by the late frost too many times having to cut back again the shrivelled ends, buddelia any time, I take it back to around two feet which means using a saw on some stems. It always comes back to feed the butterflies.

Frank

Vermucellite for pot drainage

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:41

My daughter bought some large decorative pots then realised she could not move them. I emptied them out put another pot upside down then topped it up and planted, it did the trick. I do use foam as drainage but bin it once the pot is done as it cannot really be cleaned for reuse.

Frank

Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 11:34

Pampa asked a question we answered, my own greenhouse rests on a wood frame and has done for over thirty years, no problems. The reason i realised it needed to be higher than the wall i built and had run out of bricks, stacks of wood hence a wood frame. My pal built a base of concrete blocks and finished with a wood frame, again no problems. We gardeners do it our own way to suit our needs, nothing wrong with that if it works for you.

Pampa you can fasten direct to the brick as long as there are no gaps for the plant eaters to crawl through, it is your choice.

Frank.

Brick base for aluminium GH.. what should I lay on top of the brick?

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 16:10

The weight of the green house on the wood will hold it, quite heavy when fully glasses. You could pin the wood to the brick with short nails then screw the greenhouse footings to the wood, no need to go into the brick. Drill the odd hole into the wood and pour preservative in those holes every year or so and it will spread through the base, i did that and the greenhouse is still firm after thirty odd years.

Frank

PS that should read " fully glassed" if i try to alter a word my Apple I pad freezes no idea why.

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